Saturday, October 22, 2016

Oliver Luck Endorses College Playoff

Former West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck is in the early stages of his new job with the NCAA. Luck resigned from his post back on December 17, and will serve as the executive vice president of the NCAA.

Luck will be under NCAA president Mark Emmert.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve my alma mater as director of athletics for the past four and a half years,” Luck said in a statement. “As those who have spent time in West Virginia know, this is truly a special place.”

During this past season, Luck was a member of the first Playoff Selection Committee, something Luck endorses.

“I thought by and large that the processes that the committee used were very good, (while) knowing that we were going through it for the first time,” he said. “Jeff Long did a marvelous job as the chair. Bill Hancock and his staff do a pretty good job, and the people on the committee are all top-notch, first-class folks. I think it set a pretty good mark for the first year.”

Luck didn’t do much talking, he focused on the opinion of those watching.

The fans.

“I was asked often by folks, ‘Do you think the committee got it right?’ ” Luck said. “My response is, the American public sure liked it, right? With the TV ratings. I take that as a real positive sign.”

While fans are looking for the process to expand away from four teams, Luck doesn’t see the need.

“I think four is the right number, I really do,” Luck said. “It should be hard to get into the playoff, it really should. I think four is right.”

Luck will now turn his focus to the NCAA where he will serve as executive vice president for regulatory affairs, where he will oversee the organization’s internal divisions including enforcement, eligibility and academic and membership affairs.


Oliver Luck heading to NCAA

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